UNT’s Applied Physiology lab set to be North America’s first Collaborating Center for the International Federation of Sports Medicine

The UNT Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation (KHPR) is in the final approval stage to house the first Collaborating Center of Sports Medicine in the United States or Canada, part of the International Federation of Sports Medicine’s (FIMS) global network. Once FIMS representatives complete a site visit July 11-12 and UNT’s application is approved, KHPR’s Applied Physiology Laboratory will display the Olympic Rings as part of the collaboration with FIMS. FIMS is the only sports science organization allowed to use the Olympic Rings imagery.

“UNT’s KHPR department is a global leader in sports science and sports business research and practice, buoyed by the university’s collaboration with the Dallas Cowboys, our partnership with the Dallas Griffins of Major League Rugby, and now with the holy grail of the Olympic Movement through this partnership with FIMS,” said John Nauright, chair of UNT’s KHPR department. “This will further position UNT as a global leader in sports performance and fitness research in the areas of medicine, science, management and marketing.”

The site visit will bring to campus Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, a member of the International Olympic Committee Medical and Scientific Committee and chair of the FIMS Scientific Commission. Pitsiladis will be working with fellow FIMS approvers Professor Angela Smith, former president of the American College of Sports Medicine, and Professor Fabio Pigozzi, president of FIMS and president of the Italian Sports University in Rome. The team will be looking specifically at the UNT KHPR’s lab capacity, equipment, faculty and student research, current projects, and goals.  

Nauright hopes KHPR’s designation as a FIMS collaborating center will lead to research opportunities working with other such centers around the world, including in South Africa, Australia, Italy, Germany, Austria, Mexico and Brazil. The centers provide an ideal way to conduct multi-site studies, allowing researchers to test different strategies with different populations in a small timeframe, he said.

“We will be connected to the primary global brand in sports, the Olympic Movement, of which FIMS is a part as the official sports medicine organization. This, combined with our partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, connects UNT with leading global brands,” Nauright said. “Scientifically, this partnership allows us to collaborate with leading sports performance research labs around the world in addressing key problems in performance, health and fitness, nutrition and more, which will mark us out further as a global leader in the science and medicine of sport, health and fitness.”


Pictured: Professor Yannis Pitsiladis. Photo courtesy of the University of Brighton.